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Vacanza Toscana

Cinquanta Speciale

Vespa 50 Special complete with screen spotted in Volterra

Just returned from a week's holiday in beautiful Tuscany - the last time I visited Italy's gem of a region being in 2013, when photographing the L'Eroica classic cycling event in and around Gaiole in Chianti.

We had arranged to stay at the lovely Borgo La Farneta, close to the Tuscan hill town of Casole d'Elsa. 

After flying into Pisa, we collected our hire car and set off. I soon realised that our route was taking us very close to Pontedera and the Museo Piaggio - housing the Piaggio Archive and beautifully presented collection of all things Vespa and Ape, as well as curiosities such as the Moscone boat engine, Piaggio train and detailed history of the company itself. I had last visited back in 2001 so had to take this opportunity! After eating lunch, followed by a first gelato of our stay, we called in to the museum, keeping it brief as we still had to find our agriturismo.

Museo Piaggio

Sei Giorni (6-Day Racer)

Museo Piaggio

Piaggio MP6

Museo Piaggio

Died and gone to Vespa Heaven...!!

Museo Piaggio

A nod to friends at ScooterNova magazine...

Would have liked to stay longer but after forty minutes or so we got back on the road as didn't fancy negotiating small twisty roads in the dark, trying to find our accommodation - see full album taken at Museo Piaggio here 

We eventually arrived at Borgo La Farneta just after dark, after driving through some stunning Tuscan countryside basking in the late Autumn sun - the long shadows, ochre, siena and umber colours were a feast for the eyes...

Vicino Volterra

Vicino Volterra

Borgo La Farneta - click image to view large

Borgo La Farneta has quite a few apartments (at least 15 at a guess) but we virtually had the place to ourselves due to it being late October, this included sole use of the pool. 

Located 15 mins drive from Casole d'Elsa the tiny borgo or village is literally away from it all and the peace that prevailed was palpable but serene, with just crickets, birds and a very friendly, curious fox keeping us company (other than live-in 'village keepers' Gualtiero and Angiolina, on hand to help you out with anything if need be). We booked one of Desiree's apartments via Airbnb, see link here

The light in Tuscany is incredible, evident by the amazing sunrises and sunsets...

Vicino Casole d’Elsa

Early morning looking out from Borgo La Farneta


La volpe or 'Foxy' - Borgo La Farneta's resident friendly fox

Olive harvest

Gualtiero harvesting olives at Borgo La Farneta

Olive verde

Olives ready for picking at Borgo La Farneta


Sunset over Casole d’Elsa

Sunset over Casole d'Elsa

Other than relaxing and lounging by the pool, we visited Siena which I think has to be my favourite Italian city. Having been before in 2001 and 2013, I was still totally in awe when entering the clam-shell shaped Piazza del Campo from Via Bianchi di Sopra and taking in the soaring, medieval built Torre del Mangia and Publico Civico...


Siena's Dumo

Siena's Torre del Mangia and Publico Civico


Siena viewed from the top of Torre del Mangia

Siena - looking south from the top of Torre del Mangia

After descending Torre del Mangia, we sat down in Piazza del Campo taking in the views in the lowering sun, before getting a slice of pizza at the excellent Menchetti on Via Pianigiani, followed by pistacchio and nocciola ice cream from GROM, one of Siena's best gelateria's and finishing off with a little pasticcerie shopping at NANNINI not forgetting to leave with some of the world's finest panforte..

Piazza del Campo

Piazza del Campo



The Etruscan town of Volterra was another place we visited where soon after parking up, I spotted a local on his 50 Special complete with full height screen (see image at top of post)...



..and not forgetting 'our' lovely local town of Casole d'Elsa, great for essential food shopping, morning cappuccini and an occasional evening passegiata...

Casole d’Elsa

Casole d'Elsa viewed from Borgo La Farneta

Macelleria - Casole d'Elsa

Macelleria - Casole d'Elsa

As for classic spotting, geared vespas were thin on the ground but after some nosing around in garages and a local mechanic's workshop in Casole d'Elsa I did find one or two..

Vespa 50

Vespa ETS - click image to view large

Cinquanta Speciale

Early Vespa P-Range

...Apes on the other hand are still fairly ubiquitous - I do love seeing Apes roaming the Italian countryside and towns; something about them ..

Olive harvest

Olive harvest

Olive harvest

Ape Azzurro

Ape Azzurro

 Me posing with Ape in Casole d'Elsa

Casole d'Elsa - Ape 'garage find'

Ape amore

Passing Ape in Casole d'Elsa

Ape di Mensano

Ape di Mensano

Below are a handful of other classics I spotted that caught my eye, during the week we stayed..


Fiat Cinquecento


Fiat Pandas


Renault 4

Classic Guzzi

Vintage Moto Guzzi

Fiat 126

Beetle Italiano

Classic Bug

So that was that; seems like a distant memory already - a week of warm, Autumn sun, gorgeous food (antipasti, pasta, fruit, pizza, gelati) and sublime full-bodied Tuscan red wines.. civediamo a presto Toscana - spero...


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